Do you have a piece of clothing that needs a little revamping? Instead of throwing it out, add a bit of lace! There are so many different ways to refresh your wardrobe with just a little bit of altering. Here are some great free tutorials to upcycle and refashion those worn jeans or misfitting top.
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DIY succulent planters and gifts
I know succulent projects are everywhere, but I just can’t get enough! I probably have 10 pots of succulents in the backyard and I started a succulent garden in the front yard, but I still bought several different varieties when I went to the home improvement store this weekend. My husband doesn’t agree that you can never have too many succulents.
Forget flowers and chocolate, I would much rather have succulents! In fact, that’s what my husband brought me for Mother’s Day; the large hen he bought is now finally producing chicks! I’ve surpassed my exclamation mark limit, but I really love succulents, especially sempervivums (the “hens and chicks” that produce babies). They are easy to grow, and the babies they reproduce are easy to replant. This makes succulents great to cultivate at home then make gifts and creative planters. Need a hostess gift? New neighbor? A friend’s birthday? Grab some succulents and throw them together in a cute way and you have a unique gift that will literally, keep on giving. The hard part is figuring out exactly what to do with your plants.
So here are just a few ideas!
Friday freebie – Comic book super-hero party printables
For my son’s first birthday, we did a comic book super-hero theme in primary colors. I spent hours looking online for printables and party ideas, but I didn’t find much that was free and I didn’t feel like paying. The solution? I made my own printables; cupcake toppers, food table labels, conversation bubble labels for the picture board, and a few fun graphics for decoration. It was easy enough, so I thought I would share. There is also star cupcake toppers, so they are really quite flexible to use for different parties – super hero, comic book, action movies, 4th of July, stars, primary colors, boys, girls, etc. When you can alter the colors, it can fit all sorts of needs.
How to use these customizable printables:
- Printables are in PowerPoint (you must have PowerPoint on your computer to customize)
- Download the free fonts Zud Juice and International Super Hero (or you can use your own, but they won’t look like the picture)
- Follow the directions to install fonts (easy, I promise!)
- Download the printables and customize – Here is the link: free super hero printables
- I like to save in PDF and print the PDF instead of the PowerPoint file, but that is up to you
If you do not want to customize, here is the PDF file, ready to print: Free comic book super hero printable
If you have any troubles, feel free to leave a comment or send an email, and I will try to help!
Thrift-shop terrarium centerpiece
Last week, for the first time, I ventured into a thrift-shop that was literally around the block from my house. I’m not sure why it took my so long to go inside, but I was pleasantly surprised and took home an armful of puzzles, a vintage top, an awesome purse, and a bag of Mega Blocks. I also found out that on Tuesdays, everything is 50% off! This week I went in there and bout a vase, a glass bowl, a crystal tea cup, a wicker platter/basket, and some odds and ends. I knew exactly what I was going to do with the glassware – make a terrarium!
Terrariums have been a trendy DIY project for a while, but I hadn’t participated in it as of yet. Finally, with an abundance of baby succulents growing in my garden and a renewed interested in pinned terrariums, I decided to look into it a bit more and give it a go.
Directions and care instructions after the jump!
Free printable tag for your lemon curd
Have I mentioned that I LOVE lemon curd? I really do. I need to find a healthier option, but until then, I will enjoy it as a special treat. But seriously, it is one of my most favorite things ever.
I canned a few jars of it this week and needed a nice little gift tag for it. Fold it in half and write a nice message inside the card. Lemon curd should be consumed no later than a year after it’s been canned (who would wait that long?!), so make sure you write the appropriate dates on the back.
Fold it, punch a hold towards the top fold, and hang by a pretty ribbon or bakers twine.
*Will post a picture soon, my printer is out and I need to get them printed. If you are having problems with the quality, email me or leave a comment.
My treat stands
The other day I posted 9 different treat stands and I finally finished some of my own! These were REALLY easy to make. Honest!
- Light sconces from a ceiling fan or a glass or vase for the base
- Plates or chargers (got mine at the dollar store)
- E6000 glue or another all-purpose industrial strength glue
- Glue base to plate
11 Days until Christmas!
DIY Citrus Gifts
While citrus may not be viewed as something “Christmas-y” (though, some people do put oranges in stockings), it’s in season and there is so much you can do with this pretty fruit. From cleaning supplies to seasonings, there are lot of DIY gift potential.
Tutorial links after the jump!
100’s of free printable gift tags and labels
Who loves free printables?! I have searched for and scanned through, hundreds of free holiday gift tags and label printables. Although this list is HUGE, I didn’t even include all of them!
No matter what you use as gift wrapping, there is a gift tag here that will go great. I love the little woodland creatures and vintage-inspired tags. Which ones are your favorite? Oh, and did I mention they are all FREE? Plus, they are super easy to download and print!
Have you found any great Christmas gift tags this year?
Now the hardest part is deciding which gift tags to use!
9 DIY treat stands
I love seeing all the DIY treat stands on Pinterest and I have been meaning to make some. All you need is glue, a base, a tray, and if you want, some ribbon or paint. An assortment of trays full of goodies would be great for holiday parties. Here is a list of some different tutorials:
Tutorial links after the jump
How to create pendants and charms using resin
It can be easy to make quality photo pendants and charms using resin. Some resin can be tricky to work with, but I’ve found that Castin’Craft’s Easy Cast Epoxy is actually very easy to use. You just need a few supplies and before you know it, you will have fun charms or keepsake photo pendants for you or for gifts!
- Castin’ Craft Easy Cast Epoxy
- Cup (disposable or only to be used for resin0
- Stir stick/plastic knife/Popsicle stick/tongue compressor
- Scrabble tiles, picture frame charms, cabochon settings, or other setting (I used charms like THESE)
- Glue (if using a bail or glueing a frame or scrabble tile onto another setting, use e600 or something similar)
- Scrapbook paper, digital negatives, small pictures, or other paper-type item
- Blow dryer (optional, but recommended)
- Optional – chain, key ring or ball chain, bails, or cufflinks
For this project, I used Costco’s 5×7 digital negatives and frame charms. In the photo on the top of this post, there are cufflinks made out of scrabble tiles, using pictures from a vintage bug dictionary. You can also do photos or scrapbook paper on scrabble tiles and glue a bail onto the back, or use a cabochon setting.
To make tiny pictures: In a photo editing software or PowerPoint create a 4×6 inch shape, insert the pictures you want to use and minimize them to your setting’s shape. Do a couple different sizes to play around with, fill up your 4×6 shape and have printed at a 1 hour photo place.
- Follow the Easy Cast directions and mix your epoxy. The amount you need will determine how many items you are using. A little bit goes a long way, so do several pendants at a time.
- Cut your paper/photo to fit your setting, tile, or frame; glue into place.
- Using your plastic knife, small spoon, or stick, carefully drop a small bit of resin on top of your photo. Use a toothpick to spread it into corners and sides. Add more if needed. Resin is thick enough to “dome” on to of a surface, like water on a penny.
- Using a blow dryer on low, directly above your pendant, carefully blow out any air bubbles.
- Keep in a warm, dry, place for 24+ hours until no longer sticky
- Glue a bail on the back of your tile, attach chain or key ring to your pendant, and enjoy!
- Charms for jewelry
- Key chains
- Necklace pendant
- Glue tiles onto bobby pins with settings, or other berets
- Wine glass charms
- Napkin ring charms
- Glue settings onto rings
- Glue onto picture frames
- Make 3D stickers by coating store-bought or handmade stickers with resin
- Use in goodie-bags and stocking stuffers
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